Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekly Rewind 9.19.14

Friday, September 19, 2014 10:37 PM with 13 comments

Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.

Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted by Tyngas Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves.
My Life and Blog
Life: It was so awesome to be home last weekend. I was sad to go, of course (like bawled my eyes out at the airport), but I already have tickets to go back in October. Six weeks apart was just way too long. We won't go that long between seeing each other again.
This week went pretty well. I feel like I am starting to hit my groove. There are still rough periods, but even veteran teachers have rough periods. It's just part of the territory. I'm typing this up pretty late, and I am beat tired. I had the worst dream last night that woke me up at 5AM and I never really got back to sleep, so I'm going to keep this brief today.
New Books: I cannot even believe the titles I have available to me right now, and yet I'm still struggling to get into anything. Hopefully one of these gorgeous titles will help me snap out of it!
I'll write more next week. I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!
For Review
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The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I didn't read the Legend series, but I've heard great things about the author and jumped at the chance to read her new book.
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
My GR feed is totally split on this one. Half of my friends loved it, and the other half DNF'd it. I have fond memories of The Nutcracker. When I was in the 6th grade I got to be in the University's production of it (which was a huge deal to pre-teen me), so I'm hoping I'll be in the rave camp.
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
I've read one of Ms. Wolitzer's adult novel's--The Uncoupling--and enjoyed it enough. I have to admit that what really drew me to this book is that awesome cover. I adore it. I'm not sure about this one at this point in my life. With my current stress level, I don't know if I can handle a trying-to-handle-the-death-of-a-boyfriend story, but I do want to read this.
Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks
I'm sure it will not come as a huge surprise that my real dream is to be an author. When I was in high school and college, I wrote all the time. I was constantly writing in journals, writing poetry, writing short stories. I had no doubt that I would someday write a novel. Flash forward a few (ahem) years, and I've not done shit to maintain that dream. Adult life, man, it can get you. I don't call myself a writer because I'm not writing anything, but I would very much like to change that. Hopefully this book will help light a fire.
What I snagged from the library
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All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry
I've been meaning to read this one for forever.
Jessica Darling's It List by Megan McCafferty
If you follow me at all, you know that the Jessica Darling series is one of my all-time favorites. I have the second book in this MG prequel series, but as I was sitting down to read it, I realized I couldn't really remember this one, so I snagged it when I was at the library today.
Paper Towns by John Green
The only John Green book I've read so far is TFiOS, so when I saw this on the shelves I couldn't help but snag it.
Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!


  1. I hear you about teaching the rough periods….ugh…it does get better though! Awesome books! I will be reading Winterspell soon and I hope it doesn't disappoint. I am a Nutcracker fan as well, so I'm hoping to enjoy it. I liked Paper Towns, but my favorite is Looking For Alaska….some people hate that book, but I loved it! Enjoy your books this week and good luck w/ teaching!

  2. I've only read TFIOS by John Green so far, but Paper Towns is next on my list. I've heard great things about Marie Lu's books as well.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!!

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  3. I loved the Legend series. Can't wait to start her new one. Also I really enjoyed Belzhar. Hope you enjoy all your books! Here’s my STS..

  4. I really liked ALL THE TRUTH THAT's IN ME. It's different, but very compelling and suspenseful. The writing book looks good, too -- I'll have to check it out.

  5. I cannot wait to read The Young Elites and Winterspell! Enjoy all of your books!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  6. I have All The Truth That's in Me and it is totally on my TBR for October. I can't wait to get to it.

  7. Winterspell sounds amazing. I hope you love it. Happy reading! My STS.

  8. Glad you had a good weekend home and glad school is going well.

    The Young Elites and Winterspell…I can't wait for those! Loved the Legend series, you should really read that! And I really liked Paper Towns (The Abundance of Katherines is the only John Green book that was just meh for me). Have fun reading and hope the book about writing is inspiring! ~Pam

  9. So many beautiful and interesting books. You're making me both jealous and eager to empty my wallet:)) Happy reading!

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  10. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on the writing book. The most useful one I've read so far is Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, and I'm always looking for another writing book that's really helpful. I've read another of Bell's as well but it was short and a bit of a rehash of the aforementioned one, and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott which is highly revered, but it honestly didn't do a lot for me personally.

  11. I've only read Legend by Marie Lu, but loved it and need to read on. I want her new book so bad! Great haul!
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  12. *stares at you while you read Winterspell*

  13. I liked The Young Elites but I LOVED Winterspell. Hope you're able to get into one of those. I had Paper Towns on my shelf, but I just let my sister borrow it. I've never read it either, but once she heard they were making the movie, she wanted to read it. I hope it's good, but I've heard that TFiOS was his best. It's the only one of his I've read so I have nothing to compare it to.

    Yeah, six weeks between visits is too long. I enjoy my peaceful weekends during hunting season when the hubby's gone all the time, but it would be hard if I didn't see him in between his trips to the deer lease. Glad you already have another trip home planned and that things are evening out at school. :)


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